In a side drawer at the Defense Ministry, there is an old photo from 1988. In the picture are Yitzhak Rabin and Mahmoud al-Zahar. It is a little hard to believe, but defense minister Rabin met, at that time, four persons from the Gaza Strip, among them Dr. al-Zahar - before it turned out that he was one of the leaders of Hamas.0 comments
Amir Oren is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and a member of the newspaper's editorial board. He writes about defense and military affairs, the government and international relations.